In the mid to late 80s Edward Woodward was The Equalizer. His character, Robert McCall, brought a grin to audience's faces by wiping the grin off the faces of particularly egregious and dangerous criminals in particularly painful and fitting ways. Critics were lukewarm about the new film revival of the character as played by Denzel Washington, but audiences were interested enough to give it a decent number one opening.

At $35 million The Equalizer is one of the larger in recent history for Washington and the largest ever for director Antoine Fuqua. It also puts the movie in decent range to break even given its $55 million production budget.

The Box Trolls received a less enthusiastic welcome, banking just $17 million for a third place debut.

For the full top ten breakdown check out the chart below.

1.
The Equalizer * $35,000,000 Total: $35,000,000 LW: N
THTRS: 3,236
2.
The Maze Runner $17,500,000 Total: $58,018,000 LW: 1
THTRS: 3,638
3.
The Boxtrolls * $17,250,000 Total: $17,250,000 LW: N
THTRS: 3,464
4.
This is Where I Leave You $7,010,000 Total: $22,557,000 LW: 3
THTRS: 2,868
5.
Dolphin Tale 2 $4,835,000 Total: $33,665,000 LW: 5
THTRS: 3,376
6.
No Good Deed (2014) $4,600,000 Total: $46,623,000 LW: 4
THTRS: 2,130
7.
A Walk Among the Tombstones $4,234,000 Total: $20,871,000 LW: 2
THTRS: 2,714
8.
Guardians of the Galaxy $3,789,000 Total: $319,192,000 LW: 6
THTRS: 2,451
9.
Let's Be Cops $1,515,000 Total: $79,628,000 LW: 7
THTRS: 1,534
10.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) $1,450,000 Total: $187,182,000 LW: 8
THTRS: 1,585

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